Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control by Philip J. Cook

By Philip J. Cook

What drug offers american citizens with the best excitement and the best discomfort? the reply, palms down, is alcohol. The ache comes not just from under the influence of alcohol riding and misplaced lives but in addition habit, kinfolk strife, crime, violence, negative wellbeing and fitness, and squandered human capability. old and young, drinkers and abstainers alike, all are affected. each American is procuring alcohol abuse.

Paying the Tab, the 1st accomplished research of this advanced coverage factor, demands broadening our method of curtailing damaging consuming. over the past few many years, efforts to minimize the societal costs--curbing early life consuming and cracking down on inebriated driving--have been slightly potent, yet woefully incomplete. in truth, American policymakers have neglected the effect of the availability facet of the equation. Beer and liquor are a long way more cost-effective and extra on hand this day than within the Fifties and 1960s.

Philip Cook's well-researched and interesting account chronicles the historical past of our makes an attempt to "legislate morality," the neglected classes from Prohibition, and the increase of Alcoholics nameless. He presents an intensive account of the clinical facts that has gathered during the last twenty-five years of monetary and public-health learn, which demonstrates that greater alcohol excise taxes and different provide regulations are potent and underutilized coverage instruments that could lower abuse whereas keeping the pleasures of reasonable intake. Paying the Tab makes a strong case for a coverage direction correction. Alcohol is simply too reasonable, and it truly is costing all of us.

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